HC Deb 10 September 1886 vol 309 c17
CAPTAIN COLOMB (Tower Hamlets, Bow, &c.)

asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been drawn to an alleged accumulation of Foreign labour in the Tower Hamlets; whether it is in contemplation to include in statistics relating to labour any information as to the nature and extent of Foreign competition in the labour market of the United Kingdom; and, whether any record is kept of the immigration of Foreigners from European Countries into the United Kingdom?

THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, 18 East Toxteth)

The Board of Trade have observed the statements in the public Press as to an alleged accumulation of foreign labour in the Tower Hamlets. It will be the duty of the officers engaged in the collection of labour statistics, when the Department is fully organized, to give their attention to such matters, and publish statistics and other information regarding them. It is intended that the Labour Correspondent, who will enter on his duties next month, should give special attention to subjects of this class. There is no record of the immigration of foreigners into the United Kingdom; but substantially the information desired is given in the Census, which contains a record of the foreign population resident in the United Kingdom.